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captioning sponsored by cbs >> pelley: the president volunteers to testify. >> 100%. >> pelley: after denying he ordered the f.b.i. director to go easy on general flynn. >> i didn't say that. >> reporter: so he lied about that? >> well, i didn't say that. >> pelley: also tonight, will bill cosby's own words come back to haunt him? doctors brace for one of the worst tick seasons ever. >> we're very concerned about the number of lyme disease cases that we're seeing in this country. >> thank you guys so much for coming out today. >> pelley: and steve hartman with a young patriot on a mission. >> they can't believe that a young man in this country is doing what he does. this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: today, the president volunteered to testify
to the special counsel investigating russia's tampering with the u.s. election. in a rose garden news conference, president trump denied yesterday's testimony by james comey, the f.b.i. director he fired last month. comey told the senate intelligence committee that the president directed him to drop the f.b.i.'s investigation of former national security adviser michael flynn. well, today, mr. trump said comey lied under oath, but he insisted that comey's testimony still proved that there was no collusion between anyone in his campaign and russia, and that the president himself did not obstruct justice. our coverage begins with margaret brennan. >> would you be willing to speak under oath to give your version of the eventses? >> 100%. >> reporter: president trump said he would be happy to speak with special counsel robert mueller about his conversations with james comey. >> i would be glad to tell him exactly what i just told you,
jim. >> reporter: it would be a significant moment in an investigation that has gone from examining the trump campaign's ties to russia to possibly whether the president committed obstruction of justice. >> no collusion, no obstruction, he's a leaker. >> reporter: the president denied comey's accusation that he pressured the then-f.b.i. director to drop the investigation of the national security adviser michael flynn. >> he did say under oath that you told him to let the flynn-- you said you hoped the flynn investigation, you would let-- >> i didn't say that. >> so he lied about that. >> well. >> didn't say that. i mean, i will tell you, i didn't say that. >> reporter: the president also said he did not ask for comey's loyalty. >> and there would be nothing wrong if i did say it, according to everybody they read today, but i did not say that. >> reporter: the president attacked comey for leaking details about their conversations to the press. >> i was honestly concerned that he might lie about the nature of our meeting. >> reporter: comey testified yesterday that shortly after he was fired, he gave memos documenting his conversations
with the president to a friend who in turn gave them to a reporter. >> because i thought that might prompt the appointmentave special counsel. >> now the president's lawyer, marc kasowitz, plans to file a complaint with the justice department inspector general and the senate judiciary committee. threatening legal action is a tactic often used by mr. trump, according to a cbs news tally, mr. trump promised to file at least 24 lawsuits during the course of the campaign. >> and we're going to have people sue you like you never got sued before. >> reporter: but he followed through on just two. comey's defendant dfs is that mr. trump's own tweet prompted him to leak the memo. the president suggested he might have recorded tapes of his conversation. >> lordy, i hope there are taims. >> reporter: today, the president would not confirm the recordings, but said he'll discuss the tapes in the near future. >> you're going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer. don't worry. >> reporter: neither the white house nor the president's lawyers have announced any plans for the president to testify, scott, but there are some in
congress suggesting that he may be deposed by the special counsel. >> pelley: margaret brennant white house, thanks. now in his testimony, comey described a series of highly unusual meetings and phone calls in which mr. trump bypasss comey's borksz the attorney general, to speak with comey alone. the investigation now pits a law man with a long reputation for integrity against a president often ridiculed for falsehoods and conspiracy theories. here's nancy cordes. >> this is the classic scandal. >> reporter: in a he said-he said between president trump and comey, comey has a distinct advantage on capitol hill. >> if it's his word against president trump's, he comes out well. >> reporter: not one senator on the intelligence committee has questioned comey's memory or veracity. >> i took it as this is what he wants me to do. >> reporter: florida republican marco rubio said comey's startling admission that he leaked some notes last month only makes his story more
believable. >> i was, quite frankly, impressed by his honesty. that's the first time i've ever seen a witness come before congress and admit they leaked something to an intermediary to get it in the press. >> reporter: he does not doubt comey felt pressured by the president. >> whether it rises to criminality, you know, i think there's signature doubt whether it rileses to that level. >> reporter: some, like james risch, did challenge comey's interpretation of the president's words. >> you may have taken it as a direction, buthat's not what he said. >> correct. >> he said, "i hope." >> those were his exact words, correct. >> reporter: the president claims comey's testimony vindicated him but it was also largely untrue. comey argued you can't have it both ways. >> i used to say to juries when you talked about a witness, you can't cherry pick it. you can't say i liked these things but on this he's a dirty, rotten liar. you have to take it all together and i tried to be open and fair and transparent and accurate.
>> reporter: recordings, of course, would be the ultimate proof, and today the house intelligence committee sent a letter to the white house counsel's office asking them to hand over all tapes, if they exist, scott, within next two weeks. >> pelley: nancy cordes on capitol hill, thanks. the nation's top law enforcement officer, the attorney general is supposed to be a firewall 20 president and the f.b.i. so where was jeff sessions? jeff pegues is looking into that? >> reporter: james comey left no doubt that he didn't trust attorney general jeff sessions. he told senators that he didn't feel comfortable telling sessions the president had pressured him to stop the f.b.i.'s investigation of fired national security adviser michael flynn. >> our judgment, as i recall, was that he was very close to and inevitably going to recuse himself for awe variety of reasons. we also were aware of facts that i can't discuss in an open setting. >> reporter: those reasons are unclear, but sessions had failed to disclose at least two
meetings with russian ambassador sergey kislyak. they were reported in the media in early march, and one day later, sessions did recuse himself. >> i never had meetings with russian operatives or russian intermediaries about the trump campaign. >> reporter: last night, the justice department said sessions' decision was based on his "participation in president trump's campaign and it was for that reason alone." >> when i decided to just do it, i said to myself, i said, "you know, this russia thing with trump and russia is a made-up story." >> reporter: sessions recommended firing comey last month and agreed with a memo written by his deputy that criticized comey's handling of the clinton email investigation. but the president has said he got rid of the f.b.i. director because of the russia probe. oregon senator ron wyden: >> how would you characterize attorney general session' adherence to his recusal, in
particular, with regard to his involvement in your firing? >> if, agz the president said, i was fired because of the russia investigation, why was the attorney general involved in that chain? i don't know. >> reporter: the justice department is adamant that sessions recommended comey be fired for effectiveness of his leadership, not the russia investigation. scott, the attorney general is scheduled to testify on capitol hill next week. >> pelley: jeff pegues, thanks. comey acknowledged in his testimony that he leaked his notes to the press about his conversations with mr. trump. well, today, mr. trump tweeted, "wow, comey say leaker." john dickerson is our chief washington correspondent and anchor of "face the nation." john, did comey do anything wrong? >> well, in washington the word requested leak" can cover everything from passing on highly classified information-- which is illegal-- to passing on politically inconvenient information, which isn't. what the president and his lawyer are trying to do is undermine comey's stature by
hoping that when they say the word "leaker" people think of that distasteful class of people like edward snowden or chelsea manning. but comey doesn't seem to have done anything illegal. still, in washington, you're not supposed to talk about conversations that you had privately with the president, but director comey said the down side of not talking about those conversations would have been worse than break that rule. >> pelley: now, the president has acknowledged that he fired comey to take some of the pressure off the russia investigation, but the president's problems are only being compounded. >> well, this week, if you look at it, he started, the president did, with picking a fight with the london mayor after the terror attack. he undermeend hez justice department, which was pushing for his travel ban. the president has contradicted his foreign policy and defense team on american policy towards the country of qatar. and in his interactions with james comey, which were part of the conversation this week, we see a number of instances in which he's break the normal rules. the presidency is a hard job to
improvise in, and other people can get caught off guard. and all these audibles that the president has called, they've been against his own interest. the things he wants to do and the things he campaigned on, what happens with these audibles is they catch his staff constantly in's situation where they have to play catch-up. >> pelley: dirk thanks. and we'll be watching as your guests on "face the nation" this sunday include senators lyndsey graham, chuck schumer, and jame lankford. in another important story tonight, the conservative government in great britain is hanging by a thread. the prime minister called an early election, expecting an easy victory, but she badly misread the mood of her people. mark phillips is in london. >> reporter: he wasn't supposed to be the happy one. jeremy corbyn was supposed to be crushed. she wasn't supposed to be the glum one. theresa may, the opinion polls said, would cruise to victory. but then, the people voted.
>> i have just been to see her majesty, the queen. >> reporter: it was' contrite theresa may who had gone to the palace to tell the queen she could only now govern with the help of a small fringe party. the majority may thought she could make bigger vanished. what went wrong? she went wrong, starting with her campaign mantra. >> strong and stable. strong and stable. strong and stable leadership. >> reporter: but strong and stable looked weak and wobbly after a series of policy flip-flops and a refusal to face opponents in tv debates. instead, jeremy corbyn, an unreconstructed tax-and-spend socialist, a kind of british bernie sanders, ran the more disciplined campaign. yes, he finished second, but it was a close enough second to deny may the man day she wanted. >> the mandate she's got is lost conservative seats, lost votes, lost support, and lost
confidence. >> reporter: from the outside in it looks like a bit of a mis. >> it's a dog's breakfast, it really is. >> reporter: paddy ashdown used to lead one of the parties here. >> poor her majesty, she must think when she sees another conservative prime minister come through the door, she thinks to herself, like london buses, another one will be along very soon. >> reporter: theresa may wanted a strong mandate for the upcoming and possibly nasty divorce negotiation as bloodshed brt prepares to leave the e.u. instead, her political survival dmendz on a northern irish political party with an agenda of its own. scott, the tail is now wagging the dog of british politics. >> pelley: mark phillips by the river thames. mark, thank you. we saw another example today of the trump administration sending mixed messages in foreign policy. today, secretary of state rex tillerson called on arab nations to ease their blockade of qatar, the tiny gulf nation is accused by its neighbors of financing
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>> reporter: lindsey mears was bitten by a tick and eventually diagnosed with lyme disease. it's the most common tick-borne disease in the country, and it's on the rise. >> we've seen the number of cases triple in the united states. >> reporter: dr. christopher braden is an epidemiologist with the centers for disease control. >> well, i'm concerned about what we-- you know, is essentially an epidemic of lyme disease that has occurred over past two decades. >> reporter: the c.d.c. says since 2001 that epidemic has spread across the country. 95% of lyme disease cases reported in 2015 came from these 14 states, but the tick that indicator disease are spreading. and there are other tick-borne disease watch out for this summer, like the rocky mountain spotted fever that took the life of this two-year-old girl in indianapolis over the weekend. >> so even if you live outside of areas where lyme disease is prevalent, there may be these other types of infections that could occur, so wherever you
live in the united states, it's important to prevent tick bites and be evaluated if you think that there's been an infection. >> reporter: lyme disease can be difficult to diagnose. symptoms can resemble other illnesses and can include fever, aches, and pains, fatigue, and a rash. there are some things you can do to prevent a tick-borne illness, and, scott, we've lested them on the website at cbsnews.com. >> pelley: anna werner, thanks very much. ing up, testimony bill cosby gave a decade ago was used against him today in court. ♪ ♪ [laughter]
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>> pelley: finally tonight, there's no minimum age for becoming a patriot. here's steve hartman "on the road." >> reporter: young boys aren't easily appalled. but 11-year-old preston sharp sure knows the feeling. >> yeah, i was really surprised. >> reporter: and disappointed. >> yeah, really disappointed, yeah. >> reporter: had you seen him like that before? >> not this angry and passionate. >> reporter: preston's mom, april, says what upset her son so was visiting his grandpa's grave in redding, california, and realizing not every veteran in the cemetery had a flag. april says even hours later, he was still harping on it. >> i was like, "son, if you're going to complain about something, you have to do something about it or let it go." and he's like, "well, i'm going to do something about it, mom." >> reporter: next thing she
knew, preston was taking odd jobs and soliciting donations to buy flags and flowers for every veteran in his grandpa's cemetery. and when that cemetery was covered, he moved on to another. and then another. and here we are, two years and 23,000 graves later, and he does this every week, rain or shine, especially rain. why? >> like, they were out there in the rain doing their job protecting us. >> reporter: preston says coming out here in the rain or in this case, 100-degree heat, is the least he can do. >> thanks for your service, michael. >> reporter: his devotion really is enormous. >> thank you for your service, samuel. >> reporter: and contagious. >> thank you guys so much for coming out today. >> reporter: now when word gets out that preston will be at a cemetery, a lot of folks feel compelled to join in. >> it's just amazing. >> reporter: people like vietnam veteran fred loveland. >> what he's doing brings them
out because they can't believe that a young man in this country is doing what he does. >> reporter: it is a movement of young and old. >> thank you for your service, louis. >> reporter: of those who serve their country, and of those who are so grateful they did. >> thank you for your service, alan. >> reporter: all lead by this pied piper of patriotism who saw an injustice and decided to do something about it. next wednesday is flag dade of day, but for preston sharp, it's just another one of 365 chances to do what's right. >> thank you for your service norman. >> reporter: steve hartman, "on the road," in redding, california. >> pelley: and thank you for your service, preston. that's the cbs evening news tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, i'm scott pelley. and i'll see you sunday on "60 minutes." good night.
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